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SURVIVING THE RELATIVES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Let's hear it for innkeepers who always have a smile for their guests -- and everyone else who is struggling to keep smiling when hosting family this holiday season, when the visiting toddler drops Goldfish everywhere and the teen refuses to be roused before noon from the family room sofa bed. Did I mention the uncle who falls asleep on the couch before dessert, snoring loudly?

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SNARING A LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY DEAL

Honestly, I can't remember anything I saw that day. I could never find that field again (though I do have a picture of it somewhere.) But I'll never forget that glorious I-don't-have-a-schedule feeling. Of course that was long before responsibilities - like children and jobs -- curtailed my freewheeling travel style.

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SEE THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES
The world famous Rocketts in Radio City Music Hall's annual Christmas Spectacular

SEE THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES

The next time the kids give you a hard time on vacation, remind yourself that you really are building memories to last a lifetime. Just ask Sheila Dennis. She was a wide-eyed 9-year-old when her parents took her to see the world-famous Rockettes perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York. It was her first trip outside Texas. "I loved the glitter and the color," she said. "I was thrilled."

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EXPLORING AN ANCIENT CULTURE IN NEW MEXICO
Mel Reg and Andy goofing around at Bandolier National Monument

EXPLORING AN ANCIENT CULTURE IN NEW MEXICO

By Eileen OgintzTribune Media ServicesThree hundred and 40.That's how many steps and ladder rungs we climb to Bandelier National Monument (http://www.nps.gov), to crowd into its ancient (dating back to before…

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